Players (Canadian) Formula B Series Race
Westwood, 9 Jul 1972
|1||Craig Hill||Lotus 69 [71/69.5.FB] - Ford twin cam Hart
#4 Fother Hill Ltd
|2||Ric Forest||March 722 - Ford twin cam
#56 Ric Forest Racing
|3||John Powell||Chevron B18 [18.71.1] - Ford twin cam Hart
#30 (see note 1)
|4||Brian Robertson||Chevron B20 [20.72.05] - Ford twin cam Hart
#5 ("B20B") (see note 2)
|5||Jon Milledge||Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#91 (see note 3)
|6||Reg Scullion||March 71BM  - Ford twin cam
#95 Ecurie Canada Racing (see note 4)
|7||Dave Ogilvy||Brabham BT29  - Ford twin cam
|8||Bill Eagles||Brabham BT35 - Ford twin cam Hart
#46 Tex-Made Racing Team
|9||Al Justason||Brabham BT35  - Ford twin cam
|10||Gordon Munroe||Brabham BT21  - Ford twin cam
#38 (see note 5)
|11||Max Nerrière||Lotus 59 ("69B") [59-F2/XB-41] - Ford twin cam
|12||Derek Johnson||Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#93 (see note 6)
|13||Eligio Siconolfi||Brabham BT38B  - Ford twin cam
#35 Downtown Datsun [Mtl.] Ltd
|14||Michael Houselander||Brabham BT23F  - Ford twin cam
#89 (see note 7)
|R||Roy Folland||March 722  - Ford twin cam
|R||Mike Hansen||Brabham BT35  - Ford twin cam
|R||Barry Fox||Brabham BT38B - Ford twin cam
|2||Collision with Hansen|
|DNS||Maurice McCaig||Brabham BT35  - Ford twin cam
|Did not start|
|UNKE||Bruce Jensen||Chevron B17b [17B.70.04?] - Ford twin cam
|On entry list|
|UNKE||Gilles Léger||March 722 [71BM-8?] - Ford twin cam
#72 (see note 8)
|On entry list|
|DNA||Ian Coristine||March 722 [71BM-10] - Ford twin cam Greatorex
#50 (see note 9)
|Did not arrive|
|DNA||David McConnell||GRD B72 [019-F2] - Ford twin cam
#86 DWM Racing
|Did not arrive|
All cars are 1.6-litre FB unless noted.
|1||Ric Forest||(FB) 1.6-litre March 722 - Ford twin cam||1.05.5|
|2||John Powell||(FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B18 [18.71.1] - Ford twin cam Hart||1.05.9|
|3||Brian Robertson||(FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B20 [20.72.05] - Ford twin cam Hart||1.06.0|
|4||Jon Milledge||(FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam||1.06.0|
|5||Michael Houselander||(FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT23F  - Ford twin cam||1.06.7|
|6||Craig Hill||(FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 69 [71/69.5.FB] - Ford twin cam Hart||1.06.9|
|7||Mike Hansen||(FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT35  - Ford twin cam||1.07.7|
|8||Al Justason||(FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT35  - Ford twin cam||1.08.1|
|9||Barry Fox||(FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT38B - Ford twin cam||1.08.2|
|10||Roy Folland||(FB) 1.6-litre March 722  - Ford twin cam||1.08.3|
|11||Dave Ogilvy||(FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29  - Ford twin cam||1.08.8|
|12||Maurice McCaig *||(FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT35  - Ford twin cam||1.08.9|
|13||Max Nerrière||(FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 59 ("69B") [59-F2/XB-41] - Ford twin cam||1.09.1|
|15||Bill Eagles||(FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT35 - Ford twin cam Hart|
|* Did not start|
Notes on the cars:
- Chevron B18 [18.71.1] (John Powell): A new car built for Brian Redman after he wrecked the development B18 while testing in South Africa. Fitted with a 1.8-litre Cosworth FVC engine and raced by Redman in two races in South Africa in January 1971. This car returned to Bolton and became the works entry in F2 for Chris Craft during the 1971 F2 season. It was then sold to Canadian John Powell and rebuilt to Formula B specification. Powell raced it in the Brands Hatch Boxing Day meeting at the end of 1971 and then loaned it to Brian Robertson to race in the two Bogotá FB races in February and March 1972. Raced by Powell (Ottawa, Ontario) in the Canadian FB series in 1972, Sold to Paul Wheatley (Montréal, Quebec) and raced in the Canadian series in 1973. Appeared on a couple of early-1974 entry lists but not seen again.
- Chevron B20 [20.72.05] (Brian Robertson): Sold via Fred Opert and entered for Brian Robertson (Brockville, Ontario, Canada) in Formula B in 1972. To Ferguson/Wilson Racing Team for 1973 and raced by Linda Wilson in Canadian Formula B. Not seen in 1974, when Peter Ferguson raced the team's other car in Formula Atlantic. Advertised by Fred Opert in June 1975, suggesting it had returned to Opert in part exchange for Ferguson's new Chevron B29. Subsequent history unknown but reported to have been the orange B20 racing in US vintage racing by Ed Swart from 1989 to 1993.
- Brabham BT29 (Jon Milledge): Jim Gutfreund (Des Moines, Iowa) bought a new Brabham BT29 for 1970 and ran it in Midwest Div Formula B, winning two races and leading the division until his BRM-built Ford twin-cam blew. He sold the car to Archie Snider for 1971 and Snider continued with the BRM engine until joining forces with Jon Milledge who crewed the car for Snider in Regionals while racing it in Nationals and in Pro events. They continued with the car through 1972 and into 1973, before Snider replaced it with a GRD. It then went to Larry Wright to replace his earlier BT29 that he'd wrecked in June 1973. Wright kept the car until 1974 after which he retired and sold the car to "an unknown guy who lived in the Sierra Madre area of So Cal, near Pasadena".
- March 71BM  (Reg Scullion): Gordie Dewar was appointed March importer into Canada for 1971 and his first purchase, chassis 71BM/1, went to Delta Racing Developments for Ian Coristine to race in the Players FB series. Coristine finished the season fifth in the red #50 March but crashed in practice for the final race, at Circuit Ste-Croix in October. The car went to Reg Scullion for 1972 and he started the season racing in Nationals in Texas before returning to Canada for the Players season. Run by Ecurie Canada and Tom Greatorex, Scullion ended the Canadian season in ninth place but then returned to the US to finish second in the SCCA Run-Offs. He retained the car for 1973 as a Scullion-Donolo Racing entry. Subsequent history unknown.
- Brabham BT21  (Gordon Munroe): Jean-Pierre Cassegrain had a Brabham BT21 for the 1967 F3 season but crashed heavily during the European F3 Challenge meeting at Hockenheim in October 1967. Autosport (22 Mar 1968 p5) said that he had a new BT21B for 1968 but when it appeared, it was described as an updated BT21. In September 1969, the car was sold via Frank Williams to Gordon Munroe (Victoria, BC) and used in Formula B events in Canada.
- Brabham BT29 (Derek Johnson): Derek Johnson (Montreal, Quebec) bought a Brabham BT29 for the 1972 season as part of his comeback after injury. The origins of the car are not known but The Montreal Gazette quoted his chief crew Bob Beale saying that nobody had driven it for a year, suggesting it might be the ex-Randy Fraser. Johnson bought the car the Friday before the opening race at Sanair and it was rented by Ian Coristine for that race after his new March 722 could not be redied in time.
- Brabham BT23F  (Michael Houselander): Sold to Bill Gubelmann (Oyster Bay, NY) and fitted with a Vegantune Ford twin cam engine for SCCA 'Pro' and NEDiv Formula B. Raced through 1968 and retained for a couple of races in 1969 as Gubelmann's BT29 was late arriving. Sold to Al Justason (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) who used it in both the Canadian and US Pro series in 1970 and again in the Canadian FB series in 1971. Sold to Michael Houselander who appeared at two Canadian national events in 1972, Later sold to ‘Dino Delousis’ who fitted a turbocharged 2-litre Ford Pinto engine for libre events but found the car to be undrivable and stored it from about 1974 to 2004 when sold to Dave Darrow (Mississauga, Ontario) and fully restored. Retained until 2007 when sold via race-cars.com to Murray Bryden (Melbourne, Australia). Sold to David Kloster (Kinglake, Victoria) September 2011.
- March 722 [71BM-8?] (Gilles Léger): Wilson Southam acquired two red March 71BMs for Canadian Formula B in 1971, one for Randy Fraser and one for himself. Fraser's was the first to appear, running as the #54 Tartan Fraser entry and is believed to have been 71BM-8. Probably the car driven by Gilles Léger (Lachute, Quebec) in 1972 and updated to 722 specification. Then believed to be the orange/dark green 71BM driven by Patricia Smith (Montréal, Quebec) in 1973 entered as #51 by P.S. Translations. Subsequent history unknown.
- March 722 [71BM-10] (Ian Coristine): One of two red March 71BMs acquired by Wilson Southam for Canadian FB and believed to be the car raced by Southam. Southam's operation was bought by Ecurie Canada and its mechanic Tom Greatorex for 1972 and this is the car believed to have been updated to side-radiator 722 specification and rented by Ian Coristine that season. Coristine stayed with the team for 1972 but the car was put back to 71BM specification. Then to Mauro Lanaro for 1974 and retained for a total of four seasons in Canadian FB and F/Atlantic. Coristine recalls that this car destroyed in a transporter fire on its was to a race at Debert.
The identification of individual cars in these results is based on the material presented elsewhere in this site and may in some cases contradict the organisers' original results.
The 1971-1973 Canadian Formula B race results have been compiled by Chris Townsend based on material in Canadian Motorsport Bulletin, results sheets where available and from information drawn from Canadian newspapers.
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